iPad First Time Owner: Air 1 or Air 2?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by roninmedia, Nov 8, 2014.

  1. roninmedia macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2014
    I'm a pharmacist so I will spend a fair amount of time reading on new drugs, clinical trials. Outside work, I read a large amount of manga and Japanese light novels.

    In addition to the Air 1 or Air 2, what would be considered enough of a price difference between the two devices at 64GB that would make the Air 1 the better buy? Asking for opinion because my local staples has the 64GB Air 1 @ $425.
  2. Closingracer macrumors 68030

    Jul 13, 2010
    If you want to just save money the air 1 is great but if you honestly thinking you'll keep it for years get the air 2. You'll own a air 2 longer then an air 1 probably since you'll upgrade earlier since it should be upgraded sooner imo
  3. RebornProphet Suspended

    Nov 3, 2013
    If you can get an iPad Air 1 that's still on iOS 7.1.2 you will have as smooth an iPad experience as you can find.

    iOS 8.1's bugs and unoptimised code make the iPad Air (in fact most iOS devices) stutter or stammer in places.

    Having returned my iOS 8 iPad Air, owned since July, and gotten it swapped for an iPad Air running iOS 7.1.2 I stand by my view that it remains the finest example of an iPad on iOS in terms of out and out UI speed and smoothness.

    I've ran my iPad Air on 7.1.2 beside an iPad Air
    2 on iOS 8.1 and there is nothing between them in UI operation/animations. Identical, except on iOS 7.1.2 there's no bugs and no gestures unexpectedly quitting on you. It's just a joy to use.

    If you want longevity however, consider the iPad Air 2. The tri core CPU and 2GB of RAM should see it perform smoothly and quickly for another good few updates. Unless of course Apple make a balls up of iOS 9 and 10 the way they have iOS 8.
  4. melman101 macrumors 68030

    Sep 3, 2009
    I don't seem to experience any of those issues with my iPad Air 2. Although I don't do much on it other than Safari web browsing. It's great for me. I say Air 2
  5. Spink10 Suspended


    Nov 3, 2011
    iPad Air 2 - if money is zero problem

    iPad Air 1 - for incredibly good priced used and new (occasionally)
  6. DSTOFEL, Nov 8, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2014

    DSTOFEL macrumors 6502

    Feb 11, 2011
    You asked: what would be considered enough of a price difference between the two devices at 64GB that would make the Air 1 the better buy? My answer is: It depends. I think the $115 difference between the 64GB Air 1 and Air 2 is enough of a difference to go with the Air 1.....depending on your intended use if the iPad and how long you plan to keep it. See below.

    $425 for 64GB Air 1 is a fantastic deal. However, using the Best Buy 10% movers coupon, you could get $60 off the price of a 64 GB Air 2. So the price difference is really only $115 between the 64GB Air 1 and Air 2. Not a lot really!

    If you don't use the iPad for heavy lifting, either will do just fine at least until the next major I OS update. If you plan on holding the iPad longer than a year, I'd recommend the Air 2 unless the extra $115 is an issue. It's more future proof. However, if you plan to trade up to the Air 3 next year, and don't use the iPad for heavy lifting, I'd probably take the deal on the Air 1. At that price, you're not going to lose a lot when you sell it. This is the option I chose. I don't use my iPad for heavy lifting and I plan to trade up to the Air 3 next year. I took a similar deal on a new Air 1 32GB wifi ($399 @ Microcenter). The Staples deal is even sweeter!
  7. mad3inch1na macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2013
    I would go with the Air 2. The 2GB of RAM and 3 cores may not make a difference today, but if Apple ever adds multitasking, the Air 2 will have significantly improved performance. The screen on the Air 2 is improved as well.
  8. Act3 macrumors 68000

    Sep 26, 2014
    Go for the Air 2, use the movers coupon at best buy and its about $115 dollars difference for the Air 2, and with you being a pharmacist, I'd bet the difference wouldn't be a problem. Either way, both are great choices but why step a year back if you can afford not to.
  9. saltd macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2010
    With Apple products it's always smart to buy at the beginning of the life cycle. Air 2 is a big upgrade, and an excellent place to start.
  10. jks2014, Nov 9, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2014

    jks2014 macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2014
    get air 2 if you have the money,
    2gb ram will help a lot when you are doing some read up...
    i have used iPad to read pdf files,
    sometimes, reloading of safari tabs or other apps can take a pretty long time:(
    time is money which you can't buy:cool:

    I have faith in apple to release updated version iOS to correct current software bugs soon.
  11. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Air 1 if you want to save money. Air 1 is still good. :apple:
  12. ApplePhy macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2013
    Only you can answer this very personal question!

    $175 difference might be negligible to you, but significant for someone else.

    No question the Air2 is Apple's best tablet. Period. In every regard.

    You have to factor in the BB mover's coupon as well. Now, the difference is even less.

    I was holding off from upgrading to the Air2 (fro the Air1), but finally just did it last week. I'm a happy camper. I LOVE the Air2.
  13. midwestfisherma macrumors 6502


    Jul 25, 2012
    S.E. Mich
    I couldn't disagree more. My Air 2 is running 8.1 and I've no issues to deal with. The performance of the hardware is excellent and iOS 8.1 is fine.
  14. RebornProphet Suspended

    Nov 3, 2013
    iPad Air on 7.1.2 side by side an iPad Air 2 on 8.1 are identical UI smoothness wise.
  15. roninmedia thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2014
    Best Buy's Black Friday has me sold on the iPad Air 2.

    64 GB iPad Air 2
    -$100 Off from Discount
    -$145 in Best Buy Gift cards
    -10% from Shop Discover
    + Sales Tax
    $319.67 :)
  16. Mackinjosh macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2014
    Been using both since Saturday and if you can live with the vibration issue, the Air 2 is a much better device.
  17. Rodster macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    Don't forget the BB 10% movers coupon which can be found at most US Post Office locations.
  18. Fry-man22 macrumors 6502


    Nov 25, 2007
    The movers coupon specifically states it is not valid the week of Black Friday.
  19. double329 macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2008
    Go with Air 2. You will be more happy. Beside, BestBuy is having $100 off on all Air 2 model.
  20. perezr10 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 12, 2014
    Monroe, Louisiana
    If you're going to be reading with bright lights overhead, I'd get the Air2. The lower reflectivity screen will be much nicer. You'll one day forget all about the money you saved and wish the screen wasn't reflecting the lights into your eyes if you cheap out.
  21. Act3 macrumors 68000

    Sep 26, 2014
    thats good to know, now I don't feel as "screwed" for not waiting for black friday
  22. miamialley macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Good luck getting one!
  23. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    Air 2 if possible. Always try to get the latest. Especially when you can't upgrade any of the components after the fact. If you can't afford it, don't want it, etc. then obviously don't.
  24. teemu01 macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2014
    I'm also a first time buyer. I could get an

    iPad Air 16gb for 249 € ($ 310) or
    an Air 2 64gb for 584 € ($ 730).

    I'm wondering which one to take. Is the 16GB going to feel too small immediately? I'm going to buy iPad mainly for studying purposes. The money is an issue since I'm a student, but I want to make the right decision.

    Air 2 has way more power and more storage space, so is it going to be a lot more future-proof?
  25. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    I'd go with the Air 2 just because it will be supported for longer, with the A8x and 2GB of RAM.

    I still have an Air as well, and picking it up after using the Air 2 for a while is a bit of a shocker, the difference in thickness is definitely noticeable. Also there is a noticeable "tapping" noise when touching the screen on the Air that is much reduced on the Air 2.

    Though I do miss the physical mute switch...that is my only complaint with the Air 2.

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